Who you gonna call? If you guessed Luigi, then you guessed right! Our favorite green plumber is back and ready, well kind of ready for his next spooky adventure.
We have been excited for this game ever since we got our hands on the demo at E3. Suffice to say that the game has lived up to the hype. The game is still a delight to play.
First of all the game starts you off with Luigi winning a free stay at Last Resort hotel. Of course he brings along his brother Mario and their close friends Princess Peach and the Toads. Things go from charming to down right spooky almost right out the gate.
Waking up from screams in the middle of the night, a terrified Luigi finds his allies trapped literally in picture frames. It would appear that his old nemesis King Boo has returned. Not only have the mushroom kingdom heroes been imprisoned, it looks like Luigi is next on Boo’s list.
Furthermore our hero isn’t alone in the fight against those that go bump in the night. Along with the assistance of Professor E. Gadd and your new partner in crime Gooigi,the reluctant and cowardly hero Luigi traverses up and down treacherous floors of the now-ominous hotel on a quest to save his friends. Armed with an upgraded Poltergust G-00, Luigi will be able to wham, bam, slam and thank you ma’am the boo army. This upgrade will allow our hero to summon Gooigi to assist in his trials.
Gooigi is an all-green doppelganger that can help Luigi overcome obstacles he can’t get past alone. Alternate between Luigi and Gooigi as one player, or grab a friend and share in the fun. For more ghostly multiplayer action, race the timer to clear various objectives in a series of challenges in Scare Scraper mode. The nice thing about the multi-player modes is they can be played remotely or online.
One of the things that stood out to me the most is how each level looks and feels different. Each boss has their own unique personalities. Players will have to be creative on how to battle them since each fights differently. The nice thing about being able to switch between Luigi/ Gooigi respectively adds different elements to the game.
To progress in the game our new duo will have to fight bosses on each floor who have the missing buttons for the elevator. These are needed to make it to the next floor and traverse this haunted hotel. It wouldn’t be a ghost game without some ghost busting involved.
Some of the bosses will require players to use items like your plunger upgrade or the flashlight to weaken them or to take weapons away. Other helpful tools like the dark light will help unlock hidden gems like coins or allow you to find secret passages. You can also use the dark light to find pathways that ghost have taken to track them. One of the things I will say is there will be a lot of backtracking in this game.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is definitely not shy when it comes to the collecting aspects of the game. If your an achievement hunter gamer then this will be right up your alley. This does lead to over-exploring areas. Luigi will find himself finding money and random coins (granted that don’t have much value in the game). Something about using a vacuum pack to suck up toilet paper and having it turn into money is kinda gratifying if I do say so myself.
I wouldn’t be doing right by readers if I didn’t inform you about the controls. they will take some getting used to how the analogs work. It almost felt like the direction I wanted the vacuum to go in my head was opposite in the game. Now that’s not saying that its all bad. Professor E Gadd is also around giving you advice. Although at times the Prof can get on your nerves like Navi from Ocarina of Time. I did find myself hearing “Hey Listen” in my head at times.
Luigi’s Mansion is another testament to Luigi, thus proving that you don’t need Mario to make a great game. Luigi proves that he can be the hero and even save Mario from time to time. The game like any other will have some quirks that some may not enjoy, but it still stands as an enjoyable experience overall. Luigi’s mansion 3 is a fun, beautifully designed, and charming game that will be a must have this holiday season.
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Fun gaming experience
Great Co-op features that help the gameplay
Entertaining cast of characters
Nice mix of puzzle solving elements
Some repetitive elements that can get old
Some boss fights felt too easy at times